To put these fillings in context, futon makers have a wide range of options for their fillings. Our policy has always been to avoid the cheaper fillings that give less substance and comfort – and have a shorter lifespan. We think the results are the best we’ve achieved in 30 years of futon making. Our futons are still made in the traditional way with square boxed corners and a zip around three sides so that we can add the filling one layer at a time and fit the filling closely into the corners. We then use a long needle to pass several cotton ties through the futon to keep the filling in place.
If you want to know how futons have developed in the UK, take a look our blog: A Short History of the Futon. Exciting reading! For some styling inspiration take a look at our feature: Futon Sofa Beds for Flexibility & Style.
NB: Our futon mattresses are made to order – the standard lead time is 3-4 weeks.
Our standard, 7L, futons contain 7 layers of filling. We recommend our futon mattresses for those under 95kg, however if you weigh over 80Kg you will probably want a thicker/firmer mattress and we’d recommend two 4 layer futons used together – or one of our other types of mattress.
- Futon mattresses become firmer over time but will typically last between 5 and 10 years. Because the filling can absorb the moisture trapped under the quilt when you sleep, good maintenance is essential to maximise the life of your futon mattress. We recommend that you turn the futon over and from side to side every two weeks. If you use it on the floor you should do this twice a week.
- If you intend to sleep on a futon mattress every night, whatever your weight, we recommend that it is used with a bed base with beech sprung slats (as opposed to a sofa bed base with fixed pine slats). If you don’t currently sleep on a futon – please call us for advice on choosing your mattress. Futon mattresses do feel different to standard mattresses.
- Our futons, when used with our sofa-bed bases, are recommended for occasional use as a mattress.
- Futons can be made in special shapes and sizes.
We recommend our futon mattress for our bases, if using a slat base from another supplier – please ensure the gap between the slats is no more than 7cm (if your bed base has wider gaps please contact us to discuss which mattress will best suit your bed base).
If you would like some advice on maintenance for your futon mattress please take a look at our blog – Looking After Your Futon Mattress.
There is a choice of colours for the Cotton futon case: we’d suggest Calico (undyed ivory cotton) if the futon is for a bed. For a sofa bed the coloured fabrics give you a range of colours to suit your decor. Our futons are finished with coloured cotton ties which pass through the futon and keep the filling in position. Choose from: natural, black, navy or grey ties.
The cover is not removable, however you can have an additional loose cover which fits neatly and has a zip around three sides so it can be easily removed for cleaning. Please look at the Loose Covers page for details.
NB: Fabric samples for futons and covers are available on request.
Our prices include delivery on the UK mainland
Within the Sheffield area we deliver with our own vehicle.
Outside the Sheffield area we use a carrier. When your order is ready we’ll phone you to discuss delivery arrangements. Delivery will be on an agreed weekday between 8am and 6pm. In some cases it may be possible to deliver on a Saturday in which case there will be a charge of £35, paid separately.